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RIDER REVIEW | TAI WOFFINDEN

SpeedwayGP.com takes a look back at 2019 for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars in Rider Review. Today, we feature Tai Woffinden.

01 / 12 / 2019, 11:56

SpeedwayGP.com takes a look back at 2019 for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars in Rider Review. Today, we feature Tai Woffinden.

The Brit went into the year a triple world champion, bidding to become only the third rider in the SGP era to retain the sport’s biggest prize. But a cruel injury blow dashed that dream and left him outside the SGP World Championship’s top four for the first time since he returned to the series in 2013.

Woffinden started SGP 2019 with a six-point haul at the Boll Warsaw SGP, before bouncing back with nine to reach the Slovenian SGP semi-finals.

But disaster struck in a PGE Ekstraliga match in Lublin on June 7, where Woffinden suffered a broken TH4 vertebra and shoulder blade, sidelining him for two months.

He sat out the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague and the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik, as well as the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Finals in Togliatti, where Great Britain struggled to seventh place without him.

After getting the green light from doctors to get back on a bike, Woffinden was in no mood to ease himself back into action gently. He jumped straight into the Betard Wroclaw SGP on August 3, scoring a creditable six points – not a bad effort against rivals who had been racing regularly for two months.

Six followed in Malilla, before Woffinden fell just short of the Aztorin German SGP on eight points.

His search for a semi-final ended in Vojens, where he raced to 11 points – his best haul of SGP 2019.

Five followed in Cardiff, before he notched nine at the Revline Torun SGP to close the season.

Despite a difficult campaign that saw him finish 13th in the final standings, one of the SGP series’ all-time greats was promptly handed a wild-card pick for 2020 by the SGP Commission.

If Woffy enjoys better health and fortunes in 2020, he will almost certainly be challenging for the sport’s top prizes once again.

 

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